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Dear Maths Educators,



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We hope that the pressure and demands of Term 2 are mostly completed and that you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the end of term only days away. May you find time during your break to put your feet up, relax, refresh and stay warm!

During the break The MAV Education Consultants will be attending two conferences, MERGA 40 at Monash University, 2nd - 6th July and AAMT Capital Maths in Canberra, 10th -13th July. The MAV will also have a display table at MERGA, so drop by for a chat of you are attending.

Some of the consultants will also be presenting at the AAMT Conference. All MAV consultants will be looking to bring back valuable ideas to develop as professional learning events for teachers of mathematics in Victorian schools. Look out for these opportunities in future MAVlists – Professional Learning and on The MAV website.

Our office and shop remain open during the break, so if you are in the area, pop on in and check out all our resources to support your mathematics program. We would love to see you!


Peter Saffin


  Professional Learning | Statewide Maths Games Days | VCE Revision Lectures | Membership special offer | Update your staff list | Useful resources | Exclusive offers | VCAA news | Hack in a box | Square Pegs' Conference | MAVshop  


Professional LearningProfessional Learning

Professional Learning for Term 3 offers varied opportunities across both the primary and secondary years. We are open for bookings, don’t miss out!

  • Check out our new Gippsland event, for primary and secondary schools on 8th August 2017.

To see the full list of available Professional Learning opportunities click here.


Statewide Maths Games Days

MAV Statewide Games Day registration is open, with some events sold out. Book now to secure a place for your school’s teams. For more information, click here.


VCE Revision Lectures

Registrations for The MAV revision lectures are open. Ensure your VCE students secure a place. Click here for more information.



MembershipEOFY Membership Special Offer!

Even MAV can have an EOFY SALE! How about school membership at 50% off, as we are 50% of the way through the year!

Schools who join before the end of July will receive the already released 2017 journals for Terms 1 and 2, and MAV Membership for 50% discount.

Taking a School membership means that ALL your staff are eligible for MAV member benefits.

20% discount on all Professional Learning
20% discount on all books and resources from the MAV Shop
20% discount on registration at for the Annual Conference
Exclusive member discounts for events or products negotiated on members behalf
Termly copy of The MAV member magazine, Common Denominator
Termly copy of The MAV Journals, Prime Number or Vinculum or both
Membership of AAMT
Opportunity to become an accredited Maths Active School
All staff listed are entitled to discounts outlined

Contact Michael Green to redeem this very special offer: mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au

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Update your school staff list in the MAV database now!

For School members, each staff member has access to MAV benefits and discounts, but they first must be listed under your school's membership.

To update your staff list, the main school contact should login at  https://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/login.php using your username and password.  Once logged in click on "Org Membership” to delete and add staff and their email addresses, to allow them access to the member area of the MAV site.




Useful resources for leaders and teachers of mathematics


Modelling disease” shows how mathematical modelling is used to determine the spread of infection as well as the recovery of disease in populations. Good applications to exponential and logarithmic functions.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buZjhRAAKH4

Ecological modelling” makes use of differential equations models to determine rates of colonisation and rates of extinction of frogs as well as using difference equations involving probability and statistics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhlQq-iqOR8

"Airline Scheduling" which shows applications of networks and linear programming. Good to show FM students doing these modules. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hDiXYoKJlw

CSIRO: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Maths gives us ways to describe and understand our complex and dynamic world, including human health. CSIRO research into Alzheimer’s Disease, which affects over a quarter of a million Australians, is built on maths. Hear CSIRO scientists talk about their research and the maths it’s built on as part of the International Year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth.

Algorithms in everyday life

With algorithmic thinking a hot topic for maths teachers at the moment these sites may be helpful.




Exclusive MAV member offers

The MAV is pleased to offer these exclusive member-only deals!

20% discount on booking ‘The Maths Show’

The Maths ShowLooking for something different in maths? The why not try The Maths Show?

The Maths Show is a live stage performance like no other – full of mathematical magic, mystery and mayhem.

Your students will be roaring with laughter, wondering ‘wow!’ how did that happen, and trying to solve amazing mathematical puzzles.

The production is proudly sponsored by The MAV and is brought to you by the same team that created The History of Maths, Famous Female Mathematicians, Maths and Cricket and more. It also comes with a full set of teacher resources for follow on work.

Discounted prices are available for MAV members.

To have this truly unique performance visit your school go to  www.felstead.com.au email info@felstead.com.au or phone (03) 9509 0992.

20% discount on Techxellent Launchpad series

Launch PadThis hands-on two day event on 12-13 July is designed specifically to ease teachers into this new digital world. Each of the practical workshops are presented by experts who are ‘in the classroom’, know the curriculum requirements and, most importantly, know how you can use this technology to engage students. Whether, Python, Scratch, Edgy, robotics or apps, you will leave each workshop with the confidence and skills to teach using these digital platforms the very next day. You will be provided with access to Techxellent’s Online Curriculum and Content – comprehensive, easy to follow and classroom ready resources.

MAV members will especially be interested in a workshop called Pathways toward VCE Algorithmics which combines mathematics and computer science. The Launchpad series caters for Primary and Secondary teachers, with separate workshop streams. To see the brochure click here.

For MAV members to receive 20% discount and for more information about sessions click here to register.

Think Square  - Half price PD delivered at your school!

Think SquareLearn how to engage students of all abilities with hands-on games that challenge any learner (Grade 2-10). Break down barriers to learning and build skills and confidence through meaningful experiences that get students ‘thinking out loud’. Andrew will come to your school and deliver 2 hours of PD at half price ($150). Select from the following topics: Location and Transformation, Number, Place Value, Fractions and Mathematical Vocabulary

To access this exclusive MAV offer click here.

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VCAA news

VCE Algorithmics (HESS) in 2018 information session

VCE Algorithmics (Higher Education Scored Study) was introduced to a small number of schools in 2015. This study was developed by the VCAA in collaboration with Monash University and the University of Melbourne, and is a scored VCE study. More information can be found in the VCAA Bulletin No 29 June 2017. For more information refer to the VCE Algorithmics (HESS) study page.

An information session is to be held on Wednesday 19 July from 9.30am to 12.00pm for teachers and schools who are interested in offering VCE Algorithmics (HESS) in 2018. Register to attend the information session by Monday 10 July 2017.

Call for applications for Specialist Teachers for 2017-2018

Teachers from government, Catholic and independent schools are encouraged to apply for Specialist Teacher roles with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Specialist Teachers would work with a time fraction of 0.5 EFT VCAA role and 0.5 school role. The position would commence in Term 3 2017 and conclude on July 15 2018. To support the implementation of the new F-10 curriculum professional learning programs are being provided for teachers in a range of priority areas and facilitated by Specialist Teachers.
The priority areas are:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Coding
  • Health Education, and Personal and Social Capability, including respectful relationships
  • Literacy in the Early Years
  • STEM (interested maths teachers may consider applying to put the M into STEM)

The closing date for applications is on Wednesday 19 July 2017. Visit the VCAA page for more information.




hack in a boxHack in a Box, an innovation program for Schools

Hack in a Box - Inventium’s foray into schools is helping equip students with practical innovation and creative thinking skills. After six months of running experiments across 12 different schools, Inventium will be launching the program into schools in Term 3 this year.

If you are keen to learn more about the science of creative thinking - and tools you can use in your classroom – join the webinar next Thursday June 22 at 3.30pm. It’s free. Sign up here.

If your schools or teachers are keen to inject some innovation skills into your classes, Hack in a Box registrations for Term 3 are now open.

Watch the following video to learn more: https://vimeo.com/217610023


Square Pegs’ 2017 Conference

Square Pegs’ 2017 Conference brings together world leading experts in the fields of dyslexia and dyscalculia, who will provide a wealth of valuable information, research and innovative, evidence validated strategies to assist in the successful acquisition of skills in language, literacy and numeracy for all children, including those who learn differently. Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October.

For more information click here.

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MAVshop - New Titles!

leading learning and teachingLeading Learning and Teaching

Why we love this book: Helps schools focus on how to successfully create sustainable change.

Author: Stephen Dinham

The core purpose of schools and educators must be the successful facilitation of teaching and learning – and to do this effectively, teachers must also be leaders. In Leading Learning and Teaching, Stephen Dinham follows up the success of How to Get Your School Moving and Improving with an authoritative, in-depth examination of the field of instructional leadership. Building on extensive research in Australia and around the world, Leading Learning and Teaching examines the importance and impact of instructional leadership.

Key themes include successful change management, the effectiveness of teacher professional development and the importance of evidence and the use of data.

What are you waiting for? Click here.



Adam Spencers Number Crunchers

Adam Spencer’s Number Crunchers

Why we love this book: Teachers love the activities with some really fun stuff to use in the classroom. Have you got your copy yet?

Author: Adam Spencer

After last year’s runaway bestseller Adam Spencer’s Enormous Book of Numbers, Australia’s funniest maths dude is back with another bumper activity book for young and eager minds!

Packed full of games, puzzles, quizzes – along with heaps of stuff to draw, cut out, decipher and decode – this is the perfect book for kids aged 8 and above. They won’t believe numbers could be this much fun!

Get it now, click here.


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